Paedophile gets 25 years for murdering fiancée

A convicted paedophile who murdered his fiancee, butchered her body and dumped the remains in bags was jailed for at least 25 years today.

Shop worker Alan Cameron, 56, hid Heather Stacey's decomposing body at her Edinburgh flat for more than a year before scattering the parts across the north of the city.

The "inhuman" crime only came to light when a dog walker found the 44-year-old's severed head in a bin bag near a popular footpath on Hogmanay 2008.

Cameron was jailed for life at the High Court in Edinburgh today and ordered to spend a minimum of 25 years behind bars before he can be considered for release.

He was convicted, after an eight-day trial in Livingston last month, of killing the mother of four at her Royston Mains Place home sometime between November 29 and December 11 2007.

Cameron, from Edinburgh, was further found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice and of stealing nearly £5,000 over 11 months from his victim's Post Office account.

It was revealed, after the verdicts were delivered, that the killer was jailed for six and a half years in 1995 at the High Court in Glasgow for nine sex offences involving children.

He was freed in June 1999 and placed on the sex offenders register for life.